6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
5 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
16 reduced-fat vanilla wafers
16 PLANTERS Pecan Halves
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Let's Make It
Spoon half the COOL WHIP into bowl; refrigerate to thaw. Return remaining COOL WHIP to freezer. Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round layers, adding dry pudding mix to cake mix before mixing with liquid ingredients. Cool cakes in pans 10 min.; invert onto wire racks. Remove pans. Cool cakes completely.
Meanwhile, microwave caramels and water in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until smooth, stirring every 45 sec. Cool slightly.
Beat Neufchatel in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add caramel sauce; mix well. Blend in thawed COOL WHIP. Stack cake layers on plate, filling and frosting top with Neufchatel mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Microwave frozen COOL WHIP and 3 oz. chocolate in microwaveable bowl 3 min. or until blended, stirring after each minute. Cool 10 min. Meanwhile, melt remaining chocolate as directed on package. Dip half of each wafer in chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Top with nuts. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Spread COOL WHIP mixture onto top of cake. Garnish with wafers.
Small Changes Add Up
Small ingredient substitutions, such as COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Pudding, PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, and reduced-fat vanilla wafers, result in a savings of 40 calories and 3g of total fat, including 2g of saturated fat, per serving when compared to a traditional recipe.
Substitute 13x9-inch pan for the round pans and increase baking time to 35 to 38 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Continue as directed, spreading caramel mixture and chocolate mixture over cake in pan.
For a more fudge-like texture, store cake in refrigerator overnight before serving. Garnish with chocolate-dipped wafers just before serving.
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Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrates 55g
Dietary Fibers 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes 16 servngs.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.